Category Archives: Volunteer Story

The Joy of Harmonizing

CRFW   February 23, 2017   No Comments on The Joy of Harmonizing

Accepting, finding changing, healing, building and harmonizing are threads woven in the programs at Crossroads for Women. Nora Kastelnik’s class, The Joy of Harmonizing is no exception. Nora a native of Seattle, Washington settled in Albuquerque fourteen years ago. Exhausted after years of failed relationships both with family and friends,… Read more »

Volunteer “kind of falls in love” with Crossroads


Volunteers are so important to the Crossroads community. They make it possible for Crossroads to do an awful lot with not nearly enough. And John Souza is one volunteer who really gets it. For nearly 4 years, he’s been showing up to do whatever needs to be done at Crossroads… Read more »

Perfect Fit: Breaking Cycles. Building Lives.

An administrator at Crossroads for Women in Albuquerque, N.M., Pam Mulhall feels it is her duty to help women less fortunate than she was. Without help from her parents, she says, “I could have ended up homeless.” PHOTO: AMANDA DOUGLAS

  The year was 1983. Laid off from Texas Instruments and newly separated from her husband, Pam Mulhall, a 30-year-old mother of four, was forced to seek help from the welfare office in Lubbock, Texas. She let them know that instead of a handout, she would appreciate the chance to… Read more »

Long Time Volunteer Offers Trauma Informed Yoga Practice

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What Beth Olsen enjoys about volunteering at Crossroads for Women are the opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment that emerge through direct communion with the women, especially through sharing life skills. From the age of thirteen when Beth first started (sports/coaching), she discovered in herself a deep personal desire to… Read more »

Annual Family BBQ: More Than a Really Good Time!


Recovering from mental illness and addiction can be a lifelong process. CRFW special events are an important piece of an intentional supportive community that is available to the women for as long as they need. Many thanks to our community supporters: First Baptist Church West Albuquerque, LOVE(H)ER Community Connection & Susan… Read more »

Volunteer Brings Everyday Cheer to CRFW


Meet Louisa, also known as Lou. After her retirement Lou became a volunteer at Crossroads for Women and has been here since December 2013. She contributes close to 16 hours a week on Mondays and Fridays. During these hours she greets clients, staff, volunteers and visitors with a smiling face… Read more »

Gratitude Abounds: Reflecting on the Holidays


As we, the staff and clients of Crossroads for Women, reflect on the positive emotions and experiences of this holiday season, one word sums it up for us: GRATITUDE. Our community supporters showered CRFW with generosity this year in a way that was truly beautiful, and we are happy to take this opportunity to thank… Read more »

UNM Graduate Student Makes Big Difference in Crossroads Community


Ashley Taylor’s journey with Crossroads for Woman began a little over a year ago. She wanted to volunteer at an organization that helped women; something that would supplement her studies in her graduate program at UNM in Education and Counseling. It was the stories she read about the women that… Read more »

AmeriCorp Streamlines Donations at CRFW


As part of Make a Difference day 2013, an amazing AmeriCorp volunteer  group cleaned and reorganized CRFW’s storage units. The storage units are an essential part of the Crossroads program, as they are where the organization stores donations that furnish apartments for incoming clients at The Crossroads.  This was a dirty, labor intensive job that took an… Read more »